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Mar 31, 2013 11:00am PDT
moment now new details may be revealed outside the kaufman county sheriff's office, they were found in their home outside dallas and we're waiting to hear if there's any possible connection to the death of an assistant district attorney in that same county two months ago. >>> and pope francis leads easter sunday mass with a huge crowd at st. peter's basilica. we'll tell you why some traditionalists are questioning his decision during his first holy week as pontiff. >>> and in new york, a possible abduction. this video shows two men suspected of forcing a man and a woman into a van in broad daylight. video you are likely to see momentarily. but police say no one has reported anyone missing and they haven't been able to identify the possible victims. there the video. we'll have more on this later. >>> first, to kaufman county texas, police are expected to give more details about the shocking death of district attorney mike mccleland and his wife cynthia, they were found dead in their home yesterday afternoon. kaufman county is about 30 miles outside dallas. this comes two months after
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 1:00pm PDT
our news at this hour -- who is killing the prosecutors in kaufman county, texas. questions are swirling after a texas district attorney and his wife were found shot to death in their home. what is the connection to the murder of an assistant district attorney two months ago? we've got the latest. >>> and pope francis leads easter sunday mass with a huge crowd at st. peter's square but making it personal for at least one worshipper. we'll tell you how this non-traditional pontiff is leading the way. first to kaufman county texas. the deaths of district attorney mike mcclellan and his wife cynthia are shaking that community. it is about 30 miles outside dallas but adding to the shock is that this comes two months after an assistant district attorney was murdered. he was gunned down in a courthouse parking lot. listen to what the sheriff had to say when asked about a potential connection. >> do you believe that these murders yesterday are definitively connected to the murder -- >> i can't say that. no. we have nothing indicating that for sure. >> a "dallas morning news" reporter t
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 2:00pm PDT
kaufman county, texas. the deaths of district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia are shaking that community. it is 30 miles outside dallas. adding to the shock, it comes two months after an assistant district attorney was murdered. mark hassey was gunned down in a courthouse parking lot. listen to what the sheriff had to say when asked about a possible connection. >> do you believe that these murders yesterday are definitively connected to the murder of mark hassey? >> i can't say that, no. we have nothing indicating that for sure. >> but we're hearing from other local leaders who feel that there must be a connection. ed lavendera is live for us now in kaufman county. ed, what have you heard about the possible link? >> reporter: well, there's no question this story and these murders have become the talk of kaufman county here in texas as thousands of people are wondering just what in the world is going on and why are these prosecutors, high-profile prosecutors here in kaufman county being murdered. first mark hassey, back at the end of january almost exactly two month
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 4:00am PDT
. george howell is live from kaufman, texas, and george i know investigators, they're not saying a lot yet are they in terms of any more on these, killings. >> brooke, no. they're not. and you know, as far as linking these two killings, they're not doing that either. but when you talk to people here in town, when you talk to public officials, they do make the point, they say that these men, these prosecutors worked very closely together on similar cases. many people believe the people we spoke to believe that this may have been a revenge hit. again, police are not linking the killings, they are not giving any more information as to what they've already put out there, but the unanswered questions, brooke, in this case have this community consumed with fears. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> reporter: a promise from kaufman county, texas, district attorney mike mclelland two months ago to the unknown killer of an assistan
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 6:00am PDT
prosecutor and his wife. mike and cynthia mcclellan were shot to death inside their home in kaufman county in dallas. that is the same place this assistant district attorney, mark hasse, was gunned down in january, outside the county courthouse. i want to bring in cnn's ed lavendera, who is in kaufman. ed, tell us the latest. >> reporter: candy, this is a situation that is sending shivers down the spines of many peep who live hoar in kaufman county, texas. almost exactly two months after an assistant prosecutor here in kaufman county was gunned down as he was walking into the courthouse, a brazen attack, the district attorney, his boss and his wife, mike mcclellan and cynthia mcclellan were gowned down in their own home here in kaufman county as well, and there are many asking questions about exactly how these cases might be related. the mayor here in kaufman says it believes to him that both men were targeted and he believes that they are connected. investigators here haven't said much beyond the fact that this attack had happened and that the couple was found murdered yesterday, l
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 4:00am PDT
happened in kaufman, texas, the same place that mark hasse was gunned down in december. i spoke just a few moments ago with the mayor of kaufman and he thinks the murders are linked. >> it has to be targeted. that's the logical conclusion. i don't have any information to lead me to believe that is the case. they targeted two people from our prosecutors. >> and our ed lavandera is in kaufman this morning. what are people telling you about these latest murders and the killing of the d.a. in january? >> authorities aren't saying much but clear from the response that we saw last night to this murder scene at the home of mike mcclelland where he and his wife were gunned down in their own home. so, clearly, that response that you saw descend in that neighborhood where the mcclellands live gives you an indication of how serious this situation is here in kaufman county. these murders coming almost two months that assistant prosecutor mark hasse was walking to work, in what many people describe as a brazen attack. a great deal of speculation as to what exactly is going on with these elected off
MSNBC
Apr 1, 2013 6:00pm PDT
greater dallas area. now, the first incident happened in kaufman, texas. the second incident was related to a shooting that happened in colorado, but the suspect died on the left side of the screen there, in decatur, texas. now the third one which happened this weekend, saturday, it happened back in kaufman county. in a town called forney, texas. so these are the three. of these three, it is the shootout in decatur we have covered quite a bit on the show. that was two weeks ago when the prison's chief in the state of colorado was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his home in monument, colorado. the same gun used to kill him, tom clements, was later used two days later in decatur, texas, in a shootout with police and sheriff's deputies that ended with the suspect dead. the suspect was a colorado ex-con, known to be associated with a prison white supremacist gang. there's still no motive for the tom clements killing, but they say bomb making materials were found in the suspect's car. after he allegedly shot the prison's chief in colorado, where was he heading with
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 2:00am PDT
people targeting public officials for assassination. the latest victim, kaufman county district attorney mike mclelland. he and his wife gunned down in their home southeast of dallas. this is the same county where less than two months ago, assistant district attorney was killed as he walked to work. officials have not yet publicly linked the two killings. but this morning there is tightened security at the courthouse and that community clearly on edge. our george howell is there live from kauffman, texas, with this developing story. what's the latest? >> john, good morning. no new leads in this mysterious murder case. investigators are not any closer to narrowing down a suspect in this case. but we are, john, hearing from several public officials here and they say this, they believe that these two men worked very closely together on different cases and they believe this may have been a revenge hit. now at this point, please here are not officially linking these killings, but the unanswered questions have consumed this community with fear. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull y
CNN
Apr 2, 2013 2:00am PDT
in kaufman, texas, armed guards at the courthouse where prosecutors are trying to figure out who would want them dead. >>> from dunk city to the city of angels, the coach who steered florida gulf coast to a stunning upset lands a new gig! >> and a fat paycheck. >> i hope so. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans this tuesday morning. >> and i'm john berman. zoraida is off this week. as christine said, it is tuesday, april 2nd, 5:00 a.m. in the east, and we start with major news overnight. >>> an aggressive move in the nuclear standoff with north korea. while you were sleeping, north korea announcing plans to restart a nuclear power plant that had been idle for six years. the yongbyon nuclear complex is said to contain the uranium enrichment facility and a nuclear reactor. it was moth balled in 2007 as part of an agreement with the united states and four other countries. meantime, pyongyang has a propaganda video playing on state tv. here here here's. >> reporter: the message is clear, north korean soldiers firing on a paper target with the words usa on the
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 1:00am PDT
kaufman county, texas. longtime district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia were found dead in their home last night. a source says investigators found shell casings from a semiautomatic rifle. just two months ago mcclelland vowed to put away the scum who murdered his assistant d.a. mark hasse. rietz nouz, the kaufman county sheriff isn't linking the killings. authorities with beefing up security for other county officials. cnn's ed lavandera is tracking this story in kaufman, texas, tonight. ed? >> reporter: in two months two high-profile prosecutors and the wife of one of those prosecutors have now been gunned down in kaufman county, texas, a great deal of uncertainty and fear spreading through this community and a lot of people focusing on what the aryan brotherhood supremacy group might have to do with all of it. >> anything you people can do to accelerate getting our hands on this scum will be appreciated. >> reporter: mike mcclelland's tough-talking texas swagger was on full display when he vowed to come after the killer of his assistant prosecutor mark hasse. he was gunn
LINKTV
Apr 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
people of kaufman county prosecutor you to the fullest extent of the law. >> that was texas district attorney mike mcclelland after one of his prosecutors was shot dead in february. on saturday, mclelland himself and his wife were shot dead. the killings, just months after the state of taxes warned the aryan brotherhood might be plotting retaliation after 34 white supremacists were charged in texas. coloradoan still reeling after the head of the colorado prison system was shot dead by a white supremacist who then led -- fled to texas who was killed then in a shoshootout. sentenced to death because he is black? the case of duane buck, a former texas governor and one of the lawyers who prosecuted him are now urging the state to block his execution. the cleanup continues in arkansas after an exxonmobil pipeline burst, leaking thousands of barrels of canadian tar sands oil. we will speak with bill mckibben of 350.org. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the energy giant exxon mobil continues a clean-up of
ABC
Apr 2, 2013 4:00am PDT
kaufman county courthouse employees being walked in by armed guard. no prosecutions here, the district attorney's office is closed after the city's top prosecutor and his wife were murdered in cold blood saturday. they were shot multiple times with an assault rifle after an unknown gunman broke into their home. >> i would be less than honest if i told you i was not worried. >> reporter: kaufman district attorney mike mclelland's murder came only months after mike hasse was executed by two masked gunman. at the time, mclelland vowed his deputy's killer would be caught. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in. >> reporter: now mclelland has been murdered and prosecutors across the state are on alert some with 'round-the-clock police protection. >> obviously we're under attack. >> reporter: one prosecutor talked about warning from his wife when he left for work. >> she told me be careful. told me she loved me. i told her to be careful as well. so we will be probably calling one another quite a bit during the day. >> reporter: police are going thr
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
? >> that and fears that his killing could be part of a wider plot. he was district attorney for kaufman county, texas just southeast of dallas. there with the latest on what a paurnt reveals and what might be involved in this and what are you learning. >> look at the warrant used to go into the house. both victims were shot several times and many rifle casings were found by their bodies. they were found two nights ago at 6:45, but it appears they were killed before then because friends were trying to call them. they could have been killed up to 24 hours before their bodies were found. what happened here has terrified and mystified the community. fbi investigators marching into the district attorney's office space in kaufman county courthouse. an ominous scene and a nightmare. mike mclellan and his wife and the killing of one of his assistant district attorneys is causing grave concern here and throughout the state of texas. >> i suggest everybody be careful about what goes on and i think this is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with very
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 4:00pm PDT
to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest tent of the law. anything you people can do to accelerate getting our hands on this scum, will be appreciated. >> right now the kaufman county sheriff is not officially linking the three killings, but authorities are beefing up security for other county officials. ed lavendera for live us in kaufman. ed, you talked with the judge who believes mcclellan and the hasse killings may have a strong connection. what else did the judge tell you? >> reporter: well, we talked to the judge extensively about just the mood surrounding the courthouse and just what everyone around that courthouse has been going through in the last two months. and obviously how that has intensified here in the last 24 hours with the news that mike mcclellan and his wife were so brutally gunned down inside their home and discovered late saturday night. so this is a situation that has a lot of people on edge. and many people very worried about what it means and what exactly is going on. even though the sheriff is publicly that saying
KRON
Mar 31, 2013 8:00pm PDT
deputies was killed outside the kaufman county courthouse. today it was mclelland and his wife who were found shot to death inside their home. martha shade has the latest and whether authorities believe there's a connection to the two murders. it was a chilling discovery this morning at the home of the kaufman county's district attorney. neighbors woke up to flashing blue lights and streams of police tape as they learned of the violent deaths of mike mclelland and his wife cynthia. >> "its really hard to imagine something like this happening in your neighborhood. we lived here for years and we've never had anything like this happen before." the mclellands were gunned down inside their home late last night.almost exactly two months after assistant district attorney mark hasse was shot to death outside of the kaufman county courthouse. authorities have to wonder could these killings be a part of a much larger scheme to target criminal justice officials? kaufman city mayor william fortner told cnn's morning show.he thinks so. >> "it has to be targeted that's the logical conclusion and
FOX News
Apr 1, 2013 6:00am PDT
after the murder of a direct attorney. kaufman county, texas, d.a., mike mcclellan, and his wife incident cynthia were found shot to death in their home over the weekend. police are stepping up security to protect other district attorneys. that is where we start. here on "america's newsroom." welcome back to you. martha: good to be here. very nice week off, thank you. thank you. hey, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. this is a terrible story. bill: sure is, yeah. martha: local leaders there at this point trying to calm everybody down. watch this. >> this appears that it was not a random attack t appears to be targeted. so i don't think the community at large is in danger. best thing we can do is remain calm, remain supportive of the mcclellan family and those handling the investigation and continue to look out for each other. martha: the murders come a few months after assistant district attorney mark haas was gunned down in the courthouse parking lot. bill: dan springer live on the story in kaufman, texas. are the investigators linking these murders, dan? >> reporter: the other m
CNN
Apr 3, 2013 11:00pm PDT
. hotels.com >>> "crime and punishment" and an arrest with the connection of a killing of a kaufman county, texas district attorney and his wife. the killer or killers remain at large. and most importantly, the chill that this and two other killings have sent through the criminal justice community that is now tangible. we're going to talk about that shortly with jeff toobin, a former prosecutor and john miller who has worked in local and federal law enforcement, now at cbs. first the latest from kaufman, texas. >> reporter: if law enforcement is anywhere close to solving the case of the murdered district attorney, his wife and his assistant prosecutor, nobody is saying. >> i'm not going to discuss anything about the evidence that's been found, due to the ongoing nation of the investigation. >> reporter: the kaufman county sheriff's office and fbi are staying very tight-lipped about virtually everything in these investigations, including the evidence. although we saw deputies checking on tire tracks and skid marks about a block away from the home of district attorney mike mcclelland
FOX News
Apr 3, 2013 12:00pm PDT
prison guard. >> we're waiting for a new conference to begin from the kaufman county sheriff's department. dan springer is live 40 miles outside of dallas. i'm curious if they're closer to solving this thing. >> it's hard to say because they've been so tight-lipped but there's a news conference and we hope to know more. minutes. it's significant because they have not said anything publicly in three days. sunday was the last news conference and they didn't say much then. so much of the reporting around this case has been on speculation, who or what groups might have a motive to kill these public officials. we know police took the cell phone and tested the hands of this man for gun residue one hours of the murders saturday. eric williams is a former justice of the peace convicted of stealing government computers. he and his attorney told reporters he had nothing to do with the murder but he had death threats he made. he lost his job and law license and is serving two years probation. his conviction is on appeal. he's not been named a suspect or person of interest. >> shepard: the
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 3:00pm PDT
back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. anything that you people can do to accelerate getting our hands on this scum will be appreciated. >> right now the kaufman county sheriff is not officially links the three killings. authorities are beefing up security, though, and trying to figure out why kaufman county prosecutors are being murdered. bring in cnn's ed lavandera outside the sheriff's department. you talked with the judge a believes mclelland may have a strong connection with the hasse killing. what have you been told? >> reporter: speaking with the authorities throughout the day. despite what the sheriff is say, there's a great deal of urgency surrounding this story, because it's hard to believe they're not related at this point. it seems clear from the law enforcement reaction to this murder scene last night, don, that that is the way these agents are reacting and are at least assuming to handle the case, and we've seen fbi agents, the state police, texas rangers descending on the home of the mclelland home, last night, as th
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 8:00pm PDT
marching into the district attorney's office space in kaufman county courthouse. an ominous scene and a nightmare. mike mclellan and his wife and the killing of one of his assistant district attorneys is causing grave concern here and throughout the state of texas. >> i suggest everybody be careful about what goes on and i think this is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with very mean and vicious individuals whether they are white supremacy groups or the drug cartel s we have. >> as of now it's not known who is responsible for the killings, but it is soon there related. in december, the state of texas issued a warning. high ranking leaders of the aryan brotherhood inflicted mass casualties of death on law enforcement involved on indicting members a month early. on january 31st, a man parked his car in this lot and going to work at the courthouse a block away. a masked gunman stepped out and he was shot and killed. the county's chief public defender andrew jordan ran to the parking lot minutes after. >> i got there roughly the same time. >
MSNBC
Apr 3, 2013 1:00am PDT
murder of kaufman county texas district attorney mike mclelland and his wife. since the killings were discovered saturday, speculation about who committed that crime is centered on a possible connection to the aryan brotherhood of texas, a white sue premise gang who has been prosecuted by kaufman county d.a. the assistant d.a., the same county, was shot and killed in a parking lot outside the kaufman county courthouse. killed at a time when sources say he was heavily involved in investigating the aryan brotherhood of texas. mike mclelland who was his boss, the man responsible for finding hasse's killers, mclelland talked to the associated press after the killing about the possibility that the aryan brotherhood may be responsible for that murder. so speculation about this particular prison gang having connection to the two murdered texas prosecutors, that speculation has been based on widely known circumstances of the activities of that office and also on the words of the kaufman county d.a. himself, prior to his own murder. however, and it is a huge however today, that speculation abo
CNN
Apr 5, 2013 4:00pm PDT
the uneasiness in kaufman county, texas, over who gunned down their district attorney and his wife. a shakenmourned the loss as the couple was laid to rest. their murders are part of a troubling trend across this country, a spike of violence against law enforcement officials. mcclelland's d was killed two months ago. his killer remains at large. colorado's prison chief was murdered last month. the man suspected in his death was killed in a shootout by the police. authorities are still looking for a member of a white supremacist group that might have been involved and a west virginia sheriff shot to death while eating lunch in his car. his killer is in the hospital after being shot by police. out front, george howl is in kaufman, texas, with this small community that is very much on edge. >>> wreaths on store fronts and in fronts of the courthouse. a community now in morning as the kaufman county district attorney and his wife were buried friday, couple shot nearly one week ago in a brazen attack inside their own home with no new leads in the case and so many unanswered questions, r
NBC
Apr 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
kaufman county, texas, after the murder of a district attorney and his wife over the weekend. mike mclelland is the second prosecutor in the area killed in as many months. this comes in the wake of the murder of colorado's prison chief last month. investigators say they are examining any and all leads. gabe gutierrez is with us from kaufman county texas, tonight. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. according to a search warrant released this afternoon, police are looking at several things including -- and they say that the d.a. and his wife were shot multiple times. they are now subpoenaing cell phone records looking for clues. so far there is no evidence to definitively link any of the murders. today under the watchful eye of armed guards employees reported for work. >> definitely concerned. >> reporter: that concern comes as a manhunt is under way for a killer. district attorney mike mclelland and his wife cynthia were found shot to death in their home saturday in what local officials call a brazen, targeted attack. federal authorities tell nbc news they are ana
MSNBC
Apr 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
shot to death. mike mcclellan, the kaufman county district attorney, and his wife, were both found murdered in their homes in dallas over the weekend. one official says it appears the double murder was a targeted attack. the murders come eight weeks after mcclellan's top prosecutor was shot dead steps away from the county courthouse. the case took on more urgency when there are reports of a possible link with a white supremacist group. mcclellan vowed to bring the killers to justice. >> i hope the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> and now he's dead. what's going on in texas and who is responsible? joining me now live from kaufman county courthouse in texas is tris tristin and editor thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> give us the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: i'm sorry. i didn't hear that. >> i said, give us the latest on this
CNN
Mar 31, 2013 7:00am PDT
reporting live from kaufman, texas. we'll return to fareed zakaria in just a moment. but bring you the latest from texas in a chilling news story that is developing here in texas. law enforcement authorities have descended on a neighborhood here in kaufman county just east of dallas where late yesterday the district attorney, the chief top prosecutor in the kaufman county was found murdered inside his own home alongside with his wife, as well. mike mclelland had been the district attorney here for many years, but, more importantly, this comes almost two months exactly after an assistant prosecutor here in kaufman county was gunned down in the middle of the day as he was walking to his office. so, many questions being raised about whether or not these two murders are connected. the mayor here in kaufman tells cnn he believes both of these men were targeted and it is very likely that these murders were were connected. but we saw law enforcement descend on this neighborhood and fbi investigators, state police, texas rangers descended on that neighborhood. that investigation continues.
FOX News
Apr 1, 2013 10:00pm PDT
kaufman county. he reported directly to district attorney mike mclelland, one of the people we just talked about who was murdered over the weekend. mark was on his way to work at the kaufman county courthouse when he was gunned down in broad daylight by one or two assailan assailants. witnesses conflict in their description of exactly what they saw, but it was a brazen killing that shocked everyone and now two months later it just feels like a body blow up. in kaufman county and in dallas as well. >> greta: was there ever a suspect in the first murder or even a motive determined in the first murder? >> no, immediately after mark hasse was murdered federal, state and local law enforcement officers obviously assumed it had something to do with their professional responsibilities as prosecutors and began gathering up possible cases that might have led someone to get angry enough or frustrated enough at this attorney's office to literally kill people. and those cases include some that were conducted against members of the aryan brotherhood of texas, a prison-based gang and also has memb
CNN
Apr 1, 2013 8:00am PDT
close to explaining an apparent vendetta on prosecutors in kaufman county texas of dallas. it was monthed ago when we brought you this video of hasse gunned down in the parking lot. this was hasse's boss and how he reacted to it. >> i hope that the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you are in and we are going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> and that was what mike mclelland said back then but today texas law men, the fbi and many others are now also searching for his killer or killers. yes, of the man you just heard from, mike mclelland and his wife cynthia, as well. they were both found dead in their home in nearby forney, texas on saturday evening. for the moment the kaufman county sheriff won't say the killings are connected. other officials will. some are seeking a potential link with last month's killing of the colorado prison chief. the main suspect there was killed in a texas shootout. i'm going to s
FOX News
Apr 1, 2013 8:00am PDT
inside their home just months after his assistant d.a. was shot an killed outside the kaufman county courthouse. no arrests have been made. fbi and joining local police investigating both leaders. local leaders are assuring frightened residents that their community is still safe. >> it appears not to be a random attack. it appears to be targeted. i don't think the forney community is in danger. we need to remain calm and supportive of the mclelland family and help those handling the investigation and look out for each other. jon: dan springer is live in kaufman county, texas. the county judge just wrapped up a news conference there. are they closer to making section connections to these two or three killings? >> reporter: everybody is talking about a possible connection but nobody is saying there is fist physical evidence linking the two. these murders are sending shockwaves throughout texas. police are saying virtually nothing about their investigation, not unusual in a high-profile case and this is the highest of profile cases right now with the atf, the fbi and the texas rangers a
CNN
Apr 3, 2013 8:00pm PDT
investigation. >> reporter: the kaufman county sheriff's office and fbi are staying very tight-lipped about virtually everything in these investigations, including the evidence. although we saw deputies checking on tire tracks and skid marks about a block away from the home of district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia. deputies announced an arrest but for something else. nick morales charged with making a terroristic threat and being held on a $1 million bond. >> during the course of the investigation, into the murders of mike and cynthia mcclelland, a threat against the safety of a county official was received. the threat was then investigated, leading to the arrest of mr. morales at a location in kaufman county. >> reporter: regarding the mysterious killings, though, no arrests yet. authorities telling us groups ranging from the aryan brotherhood to drug cartels are being investigated and nobody should focus entirely on any one group, or individual. one such individual is this man, eric williams. a former justice of the peace in kaufman county. convicted of stealing com
CNN
Apr 4, 2013 8:00pm PDT
mourned, authorities search for the answer to these questions. who is killing kaufman county prosecutors and what will it take to crack the case? we have new developments in that investigation. >>> also ahead, pulitzer prize winning film critic roger ebert lost his battle with cancer. we take a look back at his remarkable career that spanned nearly half a century. his friend and colleague richard roper joins me ahead. and a billion dollars in tax breaks and incentives. new opportunities for business. over 250,000 new private sector jobs were created over the last two years. and 17 straight months of job growth. with the most private sector jobs ever. lower taxes, new incentives, new jobs, now that's news. to grow or start your business in the new new york visit thenewny.com if you have high cholesterol, here's some information that may be worth looking into. in a clinical trial versus lipitor, crestor got more high-risk patients' bad cholesterol to a goal of under 100. getting to goal is important, especially if you have high cholesterol plus any of these risk factors because you could b
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Apr 4, 2013 5:00pm PDT
his wife are mourned, authorities search for the answer to these questions. who is killing kaufman county prosecutors and what will it take to crack the case? we have new developments in that investigation. >>> also ahead, pulitzer prize winning film critic roger ebert lost his battle with cancer. we take a look back at his remarkable career that spanned nearly half a century. his friend and colleague richard roper joins me ahead. it automatically knows when you need to leave for the airport, how much traffic there is, and can have your boarding pass ready. the droid razr maxx hd by motorola. droid-smart. droid-powerful. once you try an oral-b deep sweep power brush, you'll never want to go back. its dynamic power bristles reach between teeth to remove up to 76% more plaque than sonic in hard to reach areas. oral-b deep sweep 5000 power brush. in hard to reach areas. nehey!r! [squeals] ♪ [ewh!] [baby crying] the great thing about a subaru is you don't have to put up with that new car smell for long. introducing the versatile, all-new subaru forester. love. it's what makes a subar
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Mar 31, 2013 5:00am PDT
outside the county courthouse. i spoke earlier with the mayor of the city of kaufman. he said he thinks the murders are linked. >> this has to be targeted. that's the logical conclusion. i don't have any information that directs me to think that's the case, but that's what you would assume under the circumstances, since targeted two people from our prosecutors. >> our ed lavendera is in kaufman this morning. ed, what are police telling you about this link between these latest killings and the murder of the assistant d.a. that happened in january? >> reporter: good morning, alison. so far, very little information, other than the fact that mike mcclellan, the district attorney, and his wife, gunned down in their home, and found yesterday, late yesterday. and obviously, with what happened here two months ago, a lot of questions swirling around, exactly what is going on with these cases. and the way the first prosecutor, a man by the name of mark hassey was gun down on his way to work, it was almost like it appeared like a hit, like he had been specifically targeted. that it wasn't j
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Apr 2, 2013 11:00pm PDT
, raising the possibility that a killing of kaufman county d.a. mike mclelland and his wife cynthia might be the work of a lone man with a grudge, a fired local official. ed lavandera broke the story and he joins us now. what do we know about this person? >> reporter: we know that since mike hasse, the first assistant prosecutor who was killed as he was walking to work in kaufman county, we know authorities have been starting from scratch, going through all the case files, anderson, trying to figure out if buried in those files, there might be a clue as to who might have had a grudge against these prosecutors and want to kill them. we have talked a lot over recent days about perhaps the aryan brotherhood or a drug cartel being involved but now we're getting an indication that authorities are looking much broader than that. one of the cases they're looking at is a public corruption case, a man by the name of eric williams who was a former justice of the peace there in kaufman county. he was convicted on burglary and theft by a public servant last year and sentenced to two years probation.
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Apr 1, 2013 11:00am PDT
kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> nbc's gabe gutierrez is live for us in kaufman, texas. as you can manning, so stirring to watch the words of the district attorney there, knowing that he and his wife were ground down in their home even though he was warning people to be on alert. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. many people here in kaufman county can't believe it. as you mentioned, security has been stepped up here at the kaufman county courthouse throughout the morning. we've seen armed guards escort some of the county employees into the building. now, the d.a.'s office is also closed to the public. governor perry spoke out today. local officials have asked him to replace the d.a., which he must do under state law and he says he will do that as soon as possible. this is the 13th u.s. prosecutor that has been killed since the national association of district attorneys began keeping count back in the 1960s. the big questions now are about the investigation. authorities here are still very tight-lipped. not releasing hardly any information about it. all we
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Apr 2, 2013 5:00pm PDT
his wife, raising the possibility that a killing of kaufman county d.a. mike mclelland and his wife cynthia might be the work of a lone man with a grudge, a fired local official. ed lavandera broke the story and he joins us now. what do we know about this person? >> reporter: we know that since mike hasse, the first assistant prosecutor who was killed as he was walking to work in kaufman county, we know authorities have been starting from scratch, going through all the case files, anderson, trying to figure out if buried in those files, there might be a clue as to who might have had a grudge against these prosecutors and want to kill them. we have talked a lot over recent days about perhaps the aryan brotherhood or a drug cartel being involved but now we're getting an indication that authorities are looking much broader than that. one of the cases they're looking at is a public corruption case, a man by the name of eric williams who was a former justice of the peace there in kaufman county. he was convicted on burglary and theft by a public servant last year and sentenced to two yea
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Apr 1, 2013 11:00am PDT
was slain as well. their bodies were found at their home in kaufman county, the same texas county where assistant d.a. mark hasse was shot dead back in january. hasse's murder in broad daylight prompted this challenge to the killers by the now dead mclelland. >> i hope that the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> law enforcement officials including the fbi want to know if the killings were linked and whether white supremacists may have been involved here. recent indictments of dozens of members of the texas aryan brotherhood prompted fears of retaliation. cnn's george howell is joining us now from kaufman, texas. what are authorities saying today about these two murder cases and whether there is, indeed, a link? >> reporter: well, fredricka, they're not saying that there is any link at this point. they're very tight lipped about the investigation. but wh
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Apr 2, 2013 4:00am PDT
developments out of kaufman county, texas, a procession, and a solemn salute held there last night as the woddies of mike and cynthia mclelland were taken to a local funeral home. a public memorial for the couple is set for thursday. the funeral will be held friday morning. meantime, we are learning new information about the crime scene as investigators are combing through evidence in the couple's shooting death. >> also an interim district attorney randy fernandez has been named to lead the 06s while governor rick perry begins the process of finding a permanent replacement. our george howell is live in kaufman county, texas. what's the latest this morning? >> john, good morning. when we talk about kaufman county, texas, we're talking about a close-knit community where neighbors know one another. in fact a lot of people they knew the mclellands, and they want answers in this case. but with no new leads coming from investigators the unanswered questions are taking a toll. just off the town square in kaufman, texas -- >> in the front room, most of the time, and it's a little private
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Apr 3, 2013 11:00am PDT
prosecutors in kaufman many count county. right now the main clues are muddy tire tracks outside the home of one of the dead prosecutors. they're desperate for clues. this now live from kaufman county, cnn's george howell. hello to you. what more could we learn at this upcoming news conference? >> reporter: don, you know, we have many, many questions under the sun right now. a lot of reporters asking a lot of questions and put it into context, you have a community that is nervous. you have prosecutors that are concerned that public officials are being targeted. so we have a lot of questions to ask. we got some sort of better understanding of where this investigation is going. i want to show you right over here, you can see cameras are set up, this news conference that happened here in the next 20 to 30 minutes, our camera there in the red, front and center. and we will ask investigators, you know, to find out where they're looking, if there are any people of interest in this case, what they're looking into. and we'll of course pass that on to you. >> and as you can see from the c
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Apr 3, 2013 6:00am PDT
. this past weekend police say they found kaufman county district attorney mike mclelland and his wife shot dead in their home outside of dallas. they're trying to figure out if the murderers are connected to the death of an assistant prosecutor in the parking lot at the courthouse in the same county. dan springer is live in kaufman, texas, with the very latest on this, dan. what do we know today? >> reporter: well, martha, one. difficulties in the case like this when you have a vick -- victim who made a lot of enemies like a top lawman it in a county does you have a lot of potential suspects. investigators are going systematically down the list of people who would have a grudge. over the weekend they apparently checked the hands of a man for residue. this was one of more high-profile cases here in kaufman county. one of the cases that mike mclelland's office prosecuted. it was a man, eric williams, was kicked out of office and lost his law license when he was convicted of theft. deputy d.a. mark hascy was prosecutor on the case. he was sentenced to two years probation. police que
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Apr 4, 2013 6:00pm PDT
the first baptist church of sunnyvale, outside dallas, texas this afternoon to remember kaufman county district attorney mike mclelland and his wife cynthia. the couple was found shot to death inside their home over the weekend. their murders came two months after the county's assistant district attorney mark hasse was shot and killed. before today's memorial service, texas governor rick perry announced he had doubled the reward to $200,000 for information leading to arrests in both cases. >> we cannot react with fear. we gotta react with resolve. and our local, state and federal authorities are pursuing every lead, exhausting every line of inquiry in a relentless pursuit of those who are responsible for these crimes. >> woodruff: no suspects have been identified, but some attention has turned to a state prison gang-- the aryan brotherhood of texas. on tuesday, the assistant u.s. attorney in houston who was to head the prosecution in a 2012 case involving 34 members of the white supremacist group, stepped aside from that role. he cited security concerns, according to an attorney
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Apr 2, 2013 8:00pm PDT
first assistant prosecutor killed about two months ago walking to work there in kaufman county, we know that authorities have been starting from scratch, going through the case files, anderson, trying to figure out if buried in the files there might be a clue as to who might have had a grudge against these prosecutors and want to kill them. we have talked a lot over recent days of perhaps the aryan brotherhood or a drug cartel being involved and now an indication that authorities are looking broader than that and a case welcoming at an a public corruption case, a man by the name of eric williams, a former justice of the peace there in kaufman county convicted on burglary and theft by a public servant and sentenced to two years probation. that's a big case there in that small community. we spoke with his attorney today and we were told that on saturday night, hours after mike and cindy mclelland's bodies were found, investigators met with him at a denny's in kaufman county and told by the attorneys that they wanted to take a hand swab to be able to test it for gun residue. we don't
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Mar 31, 2013 9:00am PDT
their home in kaufman county in dallas. that is the same place this assistant district attorney, mark hasse, was gunned down in january, outside the county courthouse. i want to bring in cnn's ed lavendera, who is in kaufman. there are so many angles of this story, beginning with these two awful murders and then the question of the link between these two murders and the one in january. >> yeah, a lot of ground to cover here, candy. devastating news that the folks here in kauffman county are waking up to on this easter sunday morning. the news that mike mcclellan, a long-time district attorney, the top prosecutor here in this county was found gunned down, murdered in his home alongside his wife cynthia. this is coming just two months after an assistant prosecutor, a man that mike mcclellan worked closely with, mike hasse was gunned down walking to work. in that case the gunman was able to drive off. there were no witnesses. investigators have been working the case for the last two months. as far as we can tell, there have been no major breaks or leads in that investigation. the mayor i
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